By Kedrick Storey
FALKNER – The Falkner Eagles didn’t have the ball very long in the first half, but they made every minute count in a 59-39 victory over Coldwater.
Thursday night, in just six minutes and eight seconds time of possession, the Eagles rolled up 291 yards of offense, 11 first downs and scored six touchdowns for 41 first-half points.
On a night of more offense than defense, the Eagles soared to their fifth straight Division 1-1A win.
“That’s efficient,” said first-year Falkner coach Cory Armstrong. “As a defensive coach, I guess that puts our defense on the field too long, but I was proud of our offense. We’re clicking right now.”
Junior running back Jeramie Lawrence had a big first quarter with three scores of 2, 23 and 28 yards to help Falkner (6-2, 4-0) open with a 21-0 lead. He led all rushers with 161 yards on 12 carries. Quarterback Jase Stroupe had 43 rushing yards in the first half. His 9-yard run with 4:54 to play in the second quarter put Falkner ahead 34-12. The Eagles totaled 204 yards on the ground in the first half and finished with 338 for the game. Falkner totaled 475 yards.
Stroupe had 13 rushing attempts for 137 yards. He also completed seven passes for 115 yards with three touchdowns. He found Chris Blackmon on a pair of 42-yard TD passes in the first half. He later hit Richard Green for a 17-yard score in the fourth quarter.
“With those two, as a defense you have to pick your poison,” added Armstrong. “It’s a great luxury to have two guys who can run the ball like that.”
Coldwater (3-4, 2-3) got a big night from quarterback Jordan Robinson, who had four total scores. The senior was 23 of 39 for 262 yards passing, with one touchdown and one interception. He also led Coldwater with 102 yards rushing on 15 carries.